ChevronTexaco Shuts Wells in 8 Nigerian Oilfields

Chevron Nigeria Ltd., has shut eight oil fields located Izombe in Imo State, southeast Nigeria, on fears of a breakdown in law and order in the community. It is reported that there is growing unrest amount the youths in the community and that they are demanding more assistance from ChevronTexaco, including scholarships for members of the community.

"We took the decision in the best interest of law and order to preserve the peace," said a ChevronTexaco official who declined to be identified. The official also said these measures were taken "to protect the lives and property of our workers and our equipment."

The incident comes about two weeks after youths in the western state of Ondo invaded a jackup working on behalf of ChevronTexaco and took hostage all 88 staff working on it. The youths were demanding contract jobs on the rig that was working offshore. The workers were released about five days later after representatives of ChevronTexaco and the community commenced negotiations.